Western Conference Quarterfinals Recap - 4/15
Playoff Game 2: Canucks 4 Hawks 3
Canucks lead the series 2-0.
Chicago attempted a comeback in Game two against the Canucks in their home in Vancouver. Despite a much more offensively strong looking team, the Hawks still came up short and will head back to Chicago trailing 2-0.
Jannik Hansen started off the scoring for the Canucks this evening halfway through the first with his second goal of the playoff season, shooting one behind Crawford during Wednesday’s 2-0 victory.
Penalities throughout the game were low again, neither team playing overly physical. There were two penalities in each the first and second period and none in the third as the Hawks shifted their focus entirely to outwitting Luongo in an attempt to force overtime.
Chicago pulled on the extra attacker for the last two minutes of game play and put up a great number of close chances. Time was the enemy though and the series will continue Sunday at 8 p.m.
The President Trophy winners seem to hold the advantage, but we haven’t seen the end of Chicago’s determination yet.
VAN GOAL 7:30 Jannik Hansen (2): Slap Shot – Assists: D. Sedin (1) & H. Sedin (1)
VAN GOAL 00:30 PPG – Daniel Sedin (1): Assists: C. Ehrhoff (1) & R. Kesler (2)
CHI GOAL 14:50 Ben Smith (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: B. Bickell (1) & B. Campbell (1)
VAN GOAL 19:46 Alexander Edler (1): Slap Shot – Assists: C. Hodgson (1) & A. Burrows (1)
CHI GOAL 1:55 Viktor Stalberg (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: none
VAN GOAL 10:06 Daniel Sedin (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: H. Sedin (2) & D. Hamhuis (1)
CHI GOAL 12:50 Ben Smith (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Frolik (1) & P. Kane (1)
Playoff Game 2: Ducks 5 Predators 3
Series tied 1-1.
Ray Emery started in net for Anaheim and left his first playoff game since 2007 with 31 saves and a Duck’s victory.
It was an all around bounce back for Anaheim winning the second game at home in Honda Center with goals from Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getslaf, and Bobby Ryan.
The power play jump started the Ducks giving them a 2-0 lead with goals 38 seconds apart in the first. They would hold up a lead throughout the rest of the game. Shea Weber would also take advantage of one of seven power plays scoring in the second.
It became a one goal game in the third as Nashville made it 3-4 and tried for the tie with the extra attacker until Bobby Ryan scored the empty net for the Ducks to win 5-3.
With the series tied, the teams will head to Nashville where the Preds will try to use the crowd to their advantage for Game 3 Sunday at 6 p.m.
ANA GOAL 5:24 PPG – Corey Perry (1): Slap Shot – Assists: S. Koivu (2) & L. Visnovsky (1)
ANA GOAL 6:02 PPG – Teemu Selanne (2): Wrist Shot – Assists: C. Fowler (1) & R. Getzlaf (2)
NSH GOAL 4:29 PPG – Shea Weber (2): Wrist Shot – Assists: S. Kostitsyn (1) & M. Fisher (2)
ANA GOAL 7:12 Bobby Ryan (1): Tip-In – Assists: R. Getzlaf (3) & F. Beauchemin (1)
ANA GOAL 15:54 Ryan Getzlaf (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: C. Perry (1) & F. Beauchemin (2)
NSH GOAL 1:30 PPG – Patric Hornqvist (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: S. Weber (1) & S. Kostitsyn (2)
NSH GOAL 10:17 Joel Ward (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Erat (1) & D. Legwand (1)
ANA GOAL 19:07 EN – Bobby Ryan (2): Wrist Shot – Assists: C. Fowler (2) & C. Perry (2)
3 Stars for the night
3rd Star: Ben Smith, Chicago (2 goals)
2nd Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim (2 goals)
1st Star: Dan Sedin, Vancouver (2 goals, 1 assist)
News and Notes
Rookie Ben Smith makes the difference for the Hawks
Ben Smith scored his first post season goal this evening. And then his second towards the end of the third making it a one goal hockey game and giving Chicago an almost achieved chance to force overtime. He is a new offensive force to keep an eye on.
Canucks Mikael Samuelsson misses Game 2 due to illness
NHL.com reported that Mikael Samuelsson was absent from Vancouver’s game 2 getting ill just before the game. No word on his status for game 3. Vancouver also did not have forward Raffi Torres who will return from suspension on Sunday after being penalized for a hit to the head of Jordan Eberle of Edmonton towards the end of the regular season.